|We arrived here in Shipshewana on Tuesday. We went to the flea market on Wednesday but was disappointed. It was 99% new stuff and I like to look at junk! Thursday went we over into Michigan and roamed around antiquing and the like. Friday was about the same but we went south in IN. Friday night was the start of the Rally. We are here for the Crossroads RV Rally. Crossroads is the brand of fifth wheel we have. Friday night was the kick off and we had a get together with pizza and "pop". We had already met a few of the people since we had gotten here early. FL (us), TX, MI, IN, WI, GA, OK, IL, CA, and Canada was all represented. We happened to be parked by a couple from WI and come to find out he is retired from the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. So Freddy could talk railroad a little.
Saturday morning we were off to an Amish house where we had breakfast in the basement. Biscuits and gravy, "real" hash browns, bacon, sausage, homemade bread,then came the fruit and homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee all served under the gas lights. The Amish don't have electricity. It was great and we left very full. We then were over to Topeka, IN less than 10 miles away and toured the Crossroads factory. It was interesting and was greeted with homemade Amish donuts and coffee. About 60% of the Crossroads work force is Amish. Back to the campground for an open forum with the Crossroads staff and they wanted input on how they could improve their campers. That got really interesting! Saturday night was a catered Amish supper by the same lady that prepared breakfast. Mrs. Yoder had fried chicken, roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and the best peanut butter and chocolate pies every eaten. She makes and sells jelly and jams and her homemade peanut butter, too. After supper she let us ask her questions about the Amish way of life.
One funny thing we saw was a teen aged girl riding her bicycle texting on her cell phone as she rode down the street! At about the age of 16 to early twenties the kids have a period of time that they can experience "the world" before they make the decision to join the Amish church, so I guess she was in that period of her life.